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Sept. 27, 2006

UN Official, Law Graduate To Discuss Darfur Crisis In Law Lecture

United Nations diplomat and University of Iowa law graduate Brian Hook will discuss the diplomatic efforts to end the violence in Darfur when he speaks at the UI College of Law on Monday, Oct. 2.

Hook's lecture, "Stopping the Genocide in Darfur:  U.S. Diplomacy at the United Nations," begins at 4:30 p.m. in room 235 in the Boyd Law Building. Admission is free and open to the public. The lecture is co-sponsored by the UI Center for Human Rights, the Iowa Campaign for Human Rights and the International Law Society.

Hook, a 1999 UI law graduate, is counselor to John Bolton, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, advising Bolton on UN sanctions policy and overseeing the work of the Security Council's sanctions committees, which include Sudan, al-Qaida and the Taliban, Somalia, the Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Liberia. He is U.S. representative at meetings of the UN Sudan Sanctions Committee, which has the authority to impose sanctions on individuals who contribute to the conflict in Darfur. The committee has imposed sanctions on parties from all sides of the conflict.

Before coming to the UN, Hook served at the White House as special assistant to the president for policy in the Office of the Chief of Staff, from 2004-2006.  From 2003-2004, Hook was counsel in the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice where he represented the Bush Administration before the 9-11 Commission. 

Prior to that appointment, he was an associate with the Washington law firm of Hogan & Hartson. Hook was also an advisor to former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and a legislative aide to U.S. Rep. Jim Leach.

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